On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

January 3, 2012 — 12 Comments

Zabaldica was another pleasant hamlet and had an old church, with its overgrown yard and cracked walls that had seen better days. I wondered how many parishioners attended the churches in these hamlets. Better yet, how many people were left in these hamlets? Nearby, a beautiful stone house had attached to its walls a lovely lilac shrub in full bloom. I could smell the scent from across the road but walked right up to a flower for closer whiff. I closed my eyes as my mind and body ingested the sweet smell… From Page 41, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. I don’t know why, but the scent of lilac always makes me feel great.

On my last post, On the Camino de Santiago, The Pyrenees to Zubiri, Spain, I completed my first day on the French Way. It was a day full of excitement, but also one that was very tiring. Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

 The path out of Zubiri was mostly dirt and gravel except for stretches that had recently been covered with stones. The condition of the Camino early on in Navarra, for the most part, was excellent.

Path outside Zubiri Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

I stopped for a moment to watch these beautiful horses graze in a field, underneath the trees in bloom.

Horses in a field outside Zubiri Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

Whitewashed and stone houses in the hamlet of Osteritz, about two kilometers from Zubiri.

Osteritz Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The stone bridge over the Río Arga, entering Larrasoaña. The walk to this point had been very pleasant, except for some mud and one hill. The Arga was very prominent in this area, as much of the walk from Zubiri to Pamplona was along the Arga Valley.

Bridge and Rio Arga Larrasoana Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

Larrasoaña was a typical Camino village with one long main road through the center. Some homes had coats of arms over their entrances. The road was mostly deserted. Pilgrims who had stayed in Larrasoaña had left much earlier.

Larrasoana Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The Camino along the highway outside Larrasoaña. Care had to be taken while walking along the busy highways. If I have my information correct, it was along this stretch that a Canadian woman was hit by a car and killed a few years before.

Highway outside Larrasoana Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

My eyes fixated on a tiny white cross that sat on top of a jagged, rocky outcrop or peak.

Cross off Highway outside Larrasoana Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

 The church in the hamlet of Irotz.

Church Irotz Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

In Zabaldica, the stone house with the lilac.

Lilac on house Zabaldica Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

There was one small climb to an alto (height of land), from where I could see Pamplona ahead. After a short descent, the stone bridge over the Río Ulzama in Arre, a suburb of Pamplona.

Bridge over Arga Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The Río Ulzama from the bridge. Short man-made waterfalls spanned the river.

Rio Arga Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

Two more views: from the bridge and from the side.

Looking downstream Rio Arga Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

Waterfall Rio Arga Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

Just across the bridge in Arre. It was siesta and except for pilgrims and the odd local, the streets were deserted.

Plaza Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The quiet main road in Arre.

Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The Edificio Besta-Jira in the suburb of Villava. This building was originally built in 1911 as a casino. However, it didn’t last long as a casino and was soon taken over by the church.

Church in Burlada Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The Palacio Uranga in Burlada, possibly with some design influence by the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.

Palacio Uranga Burlada Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

This sculpture was just outside the Palacio Uranga.

Art Burlada Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

 

The colorful and decorative façade of a home along the Camino in Burlada.

House Arre Spain Camino de Santiago On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

In Burlada, I took off my boot to find the beginning of my first blister. From that point on, blisters would be an important and often painful factor during each day of my Camino.

I hope you enjoyed this post, as I will stop in the suburb of Burlada. On my next post, On the Camino de Santiago in Pamplona, Spain, I’ll cross the Magdalena Bridge, and focus solely on the great city of Pamplona. Please join me.

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 On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

12 responses to On the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Zubiri to Pamplona

  1. Love it – still inspiring my dreams. Thanks.

    • Anita, you’re welcome. Keep checking back. I still have a long ways to go to Santiago de Compostela, and then off to Finisterre.

  2. Too many memories! Great writing! reading lots of these would push me to re-do it next summer :D

    • Thanks a lot, Mina. As for someone who has already completed the Camino, I’m glad you enjoy my posts. My goal is to have these posts appeal to everyone — those who have walked all or part of the Camino, and those who haven’t gone yet or didn’t even know about it. As Anita said, I hope to inspire others to find the Camino one day. Buen Camino, Mina.

  3. Writing from Davis station in Antarctica your web site brings back good memories of the camino I walked with my daughter in August 2011.
    Deal with those blisters as soon as possible and keep a watch on them, especially if your feet get wet and your skin soft. Tape your feet if necessary until they toughen up.
    We were lucky not to have a single blister between us.
    Henk

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts. I think you’re my first reader from Antarctica. That would be cool for you to write a guest post from there. Please let me know if you’re interested. Back to the Camino, I never had much luck with my feet and blisters. Even on the Camino del Norte last summer, I thought I was better prepared but still had problems. I do tape up my feet though, having learnt my lesson after my first Camino. Still managed a few bad ones. I do have wimpy feet.

  4. Yes, I’m interested in writing a guest post. I’m leaving Davis station for Mawson station tomorrow by ship so I won’t have access to the internet for some days. I’ll check your web site when I’m there.
    We were very lucky with the weather on the Camino in August 2011 – coolest August on record and in Galicia we had just a few hours rain. No mud or snow to deal with. Bussed from Burgos to Leon due to time restrictions but walked the additional 100kms from Santiago to Finisterre.
    We completed the 700kms in 26 days without rushing about getting up extra early or wearing ourselves out – kept the walking to a steady pace.
    Henk

    • Henk, thanks for your comment. I will email you the details for the guest post. I’m glad your weather was cool for August. It sure makes a difference as I learned during hot temperatures on my Camino Del Norte last summer. On my Camino Francés, I also had a cool April and May but that felt like winter. It’s too bad you messed the Meseta. I hope you get to return one day.

  5. hi! your photos are inspiring. a friend is currently doing the entire camino on her own and i am just loving her fb posts too! hoping i can do it sometime in the near future.

  6. Those blisters need immediate attention. If your feet get wet that will contribute to this situation. Do you have medication that will releive that problem. Always replace wet socks as soon as possible. Have a safe and blessed journey………..

    • Thanks Tom but I’ve been home for a long time. Blisters were a problem for me on both Caminos but worse on the Camino del Norte. I have tried various methods of prevention but continue to have problems. Buen Camino to you :)

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